The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) invites you to consider submitting a presentation proposal for CoSN´s 13th Annual K-12 School Networking Conference to be held March 9-11, 2008 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City Hotel in Arlington, VA (near Washington, DC). This event is the premier event for education technology leaders, attracting close to 1,000 district, state and national education technology professionals. We are soliciting educational presentations around the conference theme: "Visionary Leadership: Scaffolding 21st Century Learning with Technology."

There is growing awareness that students need new skills to succeed in our global economy. In addition to traditional core subjects, students need critical thinking, creativity and collaboration skills. How do we embed these new skills in student´s education and how can they be assessed? What role might technology play to enable and support this new learning environment? Presentation submissions should focus on providing answers to these questions and explore the ways in which technology can be used strategically to improve teaching, learning and the overall educational enterprise at the K-12 level.

Conference strands will focus on the following:

? Leadership for Transformation: Exploring the critical role of leadership;

? Accountability and Assessment (Benchmarking, Formative & Summative/High Stakes): Using data to personalize instruction;
? Innovative use of Emerging Technologies: Identifying cutting edge technologies and innovative applications in K-12;
? Content and Integration: Leveraging technology to advance student learning;
? Professional Development for Technology Leaders: Building your professional capacity;
? Supporting Research for Technology Implementation: Examine what the research tells us about how technology can improve student achievement; and
? Business and Operations: Using technology to improve operational effectiveness and efficiency.

Individuals representing school districts, intermediate/county service units, state agencies or non-profit organizations are welcome to submit a proposal. Presenting at CoSN´s annual conference provides you an opportunity to share your knowledge and insights with your peers, enhance your professional development and learn from your colleagues, as well as expand your own knowledge and skills.

Submissions should be of high interest and relevance to the intended conference participants (key district, state and national technology leaders) and correlate to the conference theme/focus. In addition, presentation submissions should provide "cutting edge" and practical "how to" information as well as touch on financial accountability.

Presenters are encouraged to share proven strategies for successful technology integration from personal experience and research related to technology-based instruction, including how they are measuring the "value" of their investment in this technology. Companies that have been working on projects that pertain to the conference program/focus should encourage their clients to submit a presentation application keeping the presentation vendor neutral.

All presentation submissions will be reviewed by the Conference Planning Committee on the basis of relevance and clarity.

For more information on the submission process and to submit a presentation, please visit http://www.k12schoolnetworking.org/2008/cfp.cfm

Deadline for all submissions: August 24, 2007

Questions? Please contact Michelle Moore at (202) 861-2676 ext. 131 or michelle@cosn.org.

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